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LBSU sweeps Pacific

The Dirtbags (20-19, 7-5 Big West Conference) completed the series sweep with a 10-3 win Sunday over the Pacific Tigers (16-22, 7-8 Big West). Down two in the third, the Dirtbags scored four runs and captured the lead for good. Devin Lohman and TJ Mittelstaedt each homered and went a combined 6-for-10 with six RBIs.

On Saturday, LBSU scored eight runs in one inning, tying a season high, en route to a 19-6 victory. Seven players had multiple hits for the Dirtbags including Steve Tinoco, who had three hits, four RBIs and four runs.

The Dirtbags’ Adam Wilk (6-1) pitched 8 1/3 innings on Friday, striking out three and allowing one run on way to a 5-1 victory. LBSU’s Derek Legg went 4-for-4 with a double.

LBSU returns to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a non-conference game at UCLA.

Women’s Water Polo

LBSU’s season ends in Stockton

The 49ers’ season came to an end Friday with a 5-3 loss to No. 9 UC Irvine in the inaugural Big West Tournament for women’s water polo. Kristen Stragier recorded nine saves. Krizia Cerda, Kelsie Emerick and Heather McKeon each netted goals for the ‘Niners.

Men’s Volleyball

Junior earns first-team conference honor

LBSU’s Dean Bittner was named first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after leading the 49ers in kills and aces this season. Also making the list of ‘Niner conference honorees was senior libero Dustin Watten, who bagged second-team honors. Dan Alexander was a third-team pick and Jim Baughman was an All-Freshman Team selection.

Track & Field

‘Niners compete at Triton Invitational, Drake Relays

Junior Colin Dunbar placed 14th in the hammer throw with a regional qualifying mark of 187-03. Freshman Matt Maldonado clocked in at 1:54.13 to finish sixth in the 800 meters. Notable performances on the women’s side include junior Missy Barclay’s sixth-place finish in the 800 meters with a lifetime best of 2:14.89. At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, the quartet of Alex Goldberg, Richard Crawford, Kenneth Medwood and Alex Frietas were unable to defend LBSU’s sprint medley relay title after getting disqualified.

Women’s Tennis

Beach tennis adds two signees for 2009-10

Jaklin Alawi and Klaudia Malenovska have signed letters of intent to play for Long Beach State in the 2009-10 season. Alawi hails from Sofia, Bulgaria and is the No. 1 ranked U18 junior in her country. Malenovska, a native of Bratislava, Slovakia, has been ranked as high as No. 54 in the ITF junior rankings.

Men’s basketball

Former 49er coach suffers stroke

According to media reports, former Long Beach State men’s basketball coach Tex Winter suffered a stroke on Saturday. The 87-year old, known for inventing the triangle offense, was taken to a hospital and has made slight progress. Winter coached at LBSU during the 1978-83 seasons.

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